April Reign http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 12:08:53 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 Apartment Living is Crushing My Soul http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/blogging/apartment-living-is-crushing-my-soul/ http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/blogging/apartment-living-is-crushing-my-soul/#respond Sun, 26 Jul 2015 12:08:53 +0000 http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/?p=2945 April Reign

Apartment living is crushing my soul. I feel as though I have lost my connection to life. Time and seasons pass but nothing changes. It’s the same four walls. The difference only whether there is snow or leaves on the trees I can see through the balcony door. I long for a garden. To smell […]

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Apartment living is crushing my soul.

I feel as though I have lost my connection to life. Time and seasons pass but nothing changes. It’s the same four walls. The difference only whether there is snow or leaves on the trees I can see through the balcony door.

I long for a garden. To smell and feel the earth between my fingers. To watch for signs of life in the spring. To watch the bees too laden with pollen to fly on drowsy summer afternoons.

I long to plant bulbs in the fall. The anticipation of seeing their colourful nodding heads carrying me through the short snowy days of winter. I even miss shovelling that snow.

I miss my bird feeders. The birdsong a constant joyful refrain through all the days of the year. Watching them with their babies, searching for bugs in the garden or huddling in the bushes on a snowy winters day darting out now and again for seed. Their constant unyielding perseverance through storms and against obstacles an inspiration.

I miss having a kiddie pool to splash around in. Even though my kids have long outgrown one, no one is too old for a splash on a muggy summer’s day.

I miss my laundry line. Watching the laundry billowing in the breeze or hanging on for dear life on a blustery late fall day. The fresh glorious smell of outdoors and sunshine that lingers on the clothes.

I miss having BBQ’s the smell of the flames gently searing the meat or grilling the veggies.

Instead I wander through life as though it is a library. Borrowing the smell of someone else’s BBQ, the sight of their laundry billowing on the line. Borrowing the sights and smells of their gardens.

I find myself becoming bitter and jealous in my little cocoon world.

I long to have a patch of earth to tend again. To wander in late winter and early spring to see which plants have dared to poke their heads out despite the raging weather. To feel freshly mown grass between my toes. To watch the progression of life through the garden seasons.

Like a newly emerged butterfly I want to sit out on my patch of earth and feel the sun’s warmth spreading over me.

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Puppy Love http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/blogging/puppy-love/ http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/blogging/puppy-love/#respond Sun, 06 Apr 2014 00:24:03 +0000 http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/?p=2859 April Reign

Nothing of great social or political import just some cute shots of the dog. :)

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Nothing of great social or political import just some cute shots of the dog. :)

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Snowy Afternoon Walking With My Dog http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/blogging/snowy-afternoon-walking-dog/ http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/blogging/snowy-afternoon-walking-dog/#comments Sat, 01 Feb 2014 21:34:20 +0000 http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/?p=2818 April Reign

A few pics and short video showing just how hard it was snowing. Looks lovely and for once wasn’t bitterly cold.

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A few pics and short video showing just how hard it was snowing. Looks lovely and for once wasn’t bitterly cold.

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Psstt… Hey you! Ya You Poking Your Nose In Other People’s Wombs.. Come Here http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/feminism/abortion/psstt-hey-ya-poking-nose-peoples-wombs-come/ http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/feminism/abortion/psstt-hey-ya-poking-nose-peoples-wombs-come/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 05:48:22 +0000 http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/?p=2809 April Reign

Here’s the deal. We get you like the fetuses. We get you want to hold them and pat and call them George. Well guess what? Now you can. Just steal borrow an ultrasound from someone you don’t know and have no business interfering with and have this company print out your very own fetus plaything! […]

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Here’s the deal. We get you like the fetuses. We get you want to hold them and pat and call them George.hug-him
Well guess what? Now you can. Just steal borrow an ultrasound from someone you don’t know and have no business interfering with and have this company print out your very own fetus plaything! Hours of fun! Get yours today!

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What Happens When You Just Don’t Clique? http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/blogging/happens-just-dont-clique/ http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/blogging/happens-just-dont-clique/#respond Sun, 19 Jan 2014 02:19:54 +0000 http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/?p=2793 April Reign

The internet has been fantastically effective in allowing people to communicate. While post and phones and radios did allow communication across distances, they were not as easy and accessible as such things as Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Tumblr etc. are. Social networks have brought together political nations, self defined nations such as Leaf Nation and Ford […]

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alone-with-peopleThe internet has been fantastically effective in allowing people to communicate. While post and phones and radios did allow communication across distances, they were not as easy and accessible as such things as Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Tumblr etc. are.

Social networks have brought together political nations, self defined nations such as Leaf Nation and Ford Nation (both the vehicle and train wreck varieties), political groups, those looking for medical support the list goes on.

And yet while some find their voice, or ‘friends’ beyond number or become ‘Tumblr famous’ others feel even lonelier than ever. Being an introvert or being socially autistic, as Stephen Merchant describes himself in Hello Ladies, seems to carry over even into the social networking sphere.

charlie-brown-footballIt is a lonely business to be on social networks and imagine you have friends only to find you were fooling yourself. Rather like Charlie Brown thinking this will be the time he kicks that ball only to have Lucy pull it away again at the last moment.

Social networks do contribute to a more democratic and inclusive way for the world to relate to one another, however, they also contribute to and reinforce the exclusionary nature of cliques. Those of us who always found ourselves on the sidelines continue to find ourselves watching while the cool kids make connections and lifelong friendships.

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Facebook and Progressive Values http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/politics/facebook-progressive-values/ http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/politics/facebook-progressive-values/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:58:09 +0000 http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/?p=2788 April Reign

I deleted my Facebook account awhile ago because I could no longer feel right with myself visiting a site which so clearly violates my principles. Complaints about misogynist groups advocating rape and other abuses towards women, groups degrading those with physical or mental handicaps were regularly met with ‘this does not violate Facebook standards’ yet […]

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I deleted my Facebook account awhile ago because I could no longer feel right with myself visiting a site which so clearly violates my principles. Complaints about misogynist groups advocating rape and other abuses towards women, groups degrading those with physical or mental handicaps were regularly met with ‘this does not violate Facebook standards’ yet apparently perfectly lovely shots of breastfeeding mothers do. Tattoos on breast cancer survivors seem to also.

However, I have found myself wondering if standing up for my principles does anything but soothe my conscience. I see many many progressives on Facebook and I have to wonder why it bothers me so much if it doesn’t bother them? At least not enough for them to leave.

This isn’t the first time I have taken a principled stand only for it to seem meaningless. I wonder if anyone else has this type of experience? Is there anything you have done, not done, quit because it seemed right to you, yet others who seem to share your values don’t feel the need to do the same?

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Storm pics http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/canada/environment-canada/storm-pics/ http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/canada/environment-canada/storm-pics/#respond Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:44:01 +0000 http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/?p=2687 April Reign

So yesterday July 19 marks year 27 of married life. also huge storm. There was either a mini tornado or a downburst and there is so much damage. We ran into the building hall at one point it seemed like all the windows were going to blow in. Windows were slightly opened and by them […]

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So yesterday July 19 marks year 27 of married life.

also huge storm.

There was either a mini tornado or a downburst and there is so much damage. We ran into the building hall at one point it seemed like all the windows were going to blow in. Windows were slightly opened and by them water was a couple of inches deep in the house.

We were doing fine for power until around 4 this morning 6:30 now still no power. Have been emergency vehicles around diverting traffic all night. There was a fire from a lighting strike about 1/2 a block away.

The pics aren’t that great and don\t really show the extent of the damage.

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Ashes to Ashes http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/general/ashes-to-ashes/ http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/general/ashes-to-ashes/#respond Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:22:03 +0000 http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/?p=2665 April Reign

Gizmodo has an article on designs that differ from the usual burial experience. Some are wonderful, the wind chime I’m not as sure about.

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Gizmodo has an articleemergence- tree-plot on designs that differ from the usual burial experience. Some are wonderful, the wind chime I’m not as sure about.

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Classy Move Kickstarter http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/blogging/media/classy-move-kickstarter/ http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/blogging/media/classy-move-kickstarter/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 01:27:44 +0000 http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/?p=2659 April Reign

Following Facebook’s example of giving sexist, abusive douchebags a free pass, Kickstarter is refusing to take down Redditor Ken Hoinsky’s dating advice book. Above the Game: A Guide to Getting Awesome With Women, includes such gentlemanly dating advice as “grab her hand and put it right on your dick.” Another excerpt posted on Reddit suggests […]

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Following Facebook’s example of giving sexist, abusive douchebags a free pass, Kickstarter is refusing to take down Redditor Ken Hoinsky’s dating advice book.

Above the Game: A Guide to Getting Awesome With Women, includes such gentlemanly dating advice as “grab her hand and put it right on your dick.” Another excerpt posted on Reddit suggests “force her to rebuff your advances” .

Do Something.org has a petition requesting Kickstarter reverse it’s decision.

As Andrew Nacin opined on twitter;

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Worry about yourself! http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/video/worry-about-yourself/ http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/video/worry-about-yourself/#respond Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:41:53 +0000 http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/?p=2640 April Reign

Cute Kid

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Cute Kid

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